This can distract you from the worry thoughts long enough to get back on track. The benefit of this is you can do this at work without the appearance of goofing off on the job since it doesn’t require you to close your eyes
Breathe in and out slowly. Inhale for a count of five, hold for a count of five, and exhale for a count of seven. Repeat four to five times. As you do this, pay attention to where the air is going as it enters and exits your body.
Focusing on your breathing for this short time can refocus you to the tasks in front of you.
Mindfulness of environment
This is great if you have the ability to find a place where you are out of the sight of others. Close your eyes and then just listen to the sounds around you and what is happening outside of your body. What do you hear? What do you smell? Change your focus ever so often to a different focus until you notice your anxiety decreasing.
This is one of my favorite mindfulness exercises because it doesn’t require a quiet environment. It only requires a place where you can sit still and be uninterrupted.
We have all heard of people counting sheep to help them fall asleep. Well, that’s because when focused on counting, you aren’t thinking of all the other things that could be keeping you up worrying.
This can be an equally effective exercise during the day as well to help with warry thoughts and decrease anxiety.
Ultimately, if you are dealing with anxiety, talking to your primary care physician or seeing a therapist or psychiatrist may be necessary to give you the relief you need to feel comfortable in your own skin again. In the meantime, try out these exercises to decrease anxiety.
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